Ancelotti might be a Real Madrid legend - but he needs to win the Champions League to keep his job

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Carlo Ancelotti's recent press conferences have become repetitive. On a weekly basis,the Real Madrid boss is asked about expiring contracts, his refusal to stick to one tactical system, and why Eden Hazard is, once again, injured. He is drilled about why Barcelona are nine points ahead in La Liga. And then, finally, in some form, he is asked about his long-term future at Santiago Bernabeu.

Such questions would be hard to believe for those who watched Madrid thrash Liverpool at Anfield just three weeks ago, but as the Italian coach prepares for the return leg, he does so under increasing pressure.

Los Blancos have fallen behind an inexperienced Barca side in La Liga, and will see their title defence all-but end if they lose to their arch-rivals in Sunday's Clasico.

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Their record against Barca this season doesn't bode well for them, have already lost the Spanish Super Cup final to Xavi's side, while they are 1-0 down after the home leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

At this point, then, it is likely to be Champions League or bust for the veteran manager. He simply has to finish the job against Liverpool on Wednesday, and perhaps go on and win a second succesive European Cup; his job could depend on it.